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Today’s post comes from Barbara in Robbindsale
The radio station The Current, KCMP (89.3 FM – MPR’s answer in 2005 to the fact that a hefty chunk of its listeners were middle aging), has taken on compiling the 893 most essential albums of all time.
Back in mid-April they asked listeners to help by sending in their votes for individual listeners’ “top ten” albums.
What constitutes an Essential Album? According to Jim McGuinn, The Current’s program director, these are the albums that, if your house was on fire (and there was no such thing as an iPhone), you would run in and grab before they burned. They are the albums that may have changed your life, or perhaps that got you through important life changes; the albums you would want with you on a desert island along with that volleyball.
The station received around 8,000 votes from listeners all over the world – with over 14,000 albums receiving at least one vote. Beginning Thursday morning May 5, the choices will be unveiled and played from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. each weekday through next Thursday May 12, and over the weekend from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Current expects to unveil album #1 around 7 p.m. on the 12th. I should add that this is during their spring pledge drive.
Even though The Current’s voting is over, let’s do a Baboon poll:
What are your top 5 – 10 essential albums?